Safety Q&A

Q1. What is in this cylinder?

Methyl Bromide, a toxic gas that is potentially lethal.

Q2. Is any Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) necessary to handle this cylinder?

If the cylinder is not leaking, safety glasses or goggles and shoes with toe shields should be worn. For cylinders suspected of leaks, see the answer to question 4. below.

Q3. What should I do with this cylinder (I have no clue what I am looking at)?

    1. Take photos of the cylinder, label, and any identifying marks.
    2. If you can, put this cylinder in a ventilated area and keep other people away.
    3. Contact [XXX] at [phone number] for assistance. [Depending on country]

Q4. I suspect that this cylinder is leaking, what should I do?

    1. If you are able to and have a proper gas mask at hand, put this cylinder in a ventilated area not accessible to others.
    2. If a trained responder with proper PPE (SCBA) is available, use a color detector tube to determine if methyl bromide is present. If the cylinder is found to be leaking, contact the local fire brigade or emergency response unit for instructions.

Q5. How do I know that a cylinder is sound and not leaking?

Use a soap solution to check around the valve for bubbles that indicate a leak.

Q6. How can this cylinder be transported/handled/moved carried?

    1. Do not roll cylinders across the floor.
      Single cylinders should be moved with a hand cart, and pallets of cylinders should be moved with a forklift or a pallet jack.
    2. For transport on public motorways, special markings on the vehicle and a driver licensed to transport hazardous goods may be required.

Q7. Can this cylinder be discarded with normal trash?

Cylinders must not be discarded with normal trash.  Contact Mebrom at info@mebrom.com or through our contact page for information on return or disposal.

Q8. I have detected Methyl Bromide in the room where cylinders are stored. What should I do?

    1. Immediately remove anyone from the room and establish a perimeter of 25 meters.
    2. If trained and properly equipped personnel are available, use color detector tubes or a halide torch to identify the leaking cylinder.
    3. Remove and isolate the leaking cylinder and contact emergency response [number]. [Depending on country]

Q9. I found an empty can in the box, and several of the other cans are rusty. What should I do?

    1. Immediately remove anyone from the room and establish a perimeter of 25 meters.
    2. If trained and properly equipped personnel are available, use color detector tubes or a halide torch to identify the leaking cylinder.
    3. Remove and isolate the can and call your local emergency response [number]. [Depending on country]

Q10. My question is not answered. Help!

Q11. My local emergency can’t help.

Call Infotrac: +1-800-535-5053